Monroe County, NY – County Executive Bello to Propose New Redistricting Maps Based on Input from Renowned Voting Rights Experts
October 6, 2022
The new cards will comply with federal, state and local laws and put people first – not politics.
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Renowned voting rights experts Dr. Lisa Handley and Jeffrey Wice joined Monroe County Executive Adam Bello today to weigh in on the problematic redistricting maps being considered by the County Legislature in Monroe. Their input will be used to create a new legally valid map that the County Executive will produce as soon as possible for consideration by the Legislative Assembly.
“The current map under consideration is not good for our community in general, and it is certainly not good for the community that those promoting this map claim to support,” said County Executive Bello. “The only people who benefit from this card are the lawmakers who currently support it. It is a process that should have been independent, but it was not. Instead, the process was driven by self-interest and aimed to confuse the minds of the public in order to pursue political goals.
The proposed map, backed by Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Sabrina LaMar (LD 27), Legislator Rachel Barnhart (LD 21) and Republican allies, seeks to create five majority black districts (LD 22, 25, 27, 28 and 29) to protect the voting rights of black residents of the City of Rochester.
Through meticulous and detailed statistical analysis of historical election data, Dr. Handley has concluded that Legislative Districts 22, 25, 27, 28 and 29 are already effective Black districts – meaning that Black residents in these legislative districts have now and historically been able to elect. their candidates of choice.
The Barnhart/GOP map takes these five already effective black districts and unconstitutionally packs them with additional black voters, diluting their voting power. To do this, the map takes a near-efficient black district — LD 21 — and voids black voters to create a safe, majority-white district — rather than seeking to make the district more efficient.
“Now that we have an unbiased and expert analysis provided by two highly qualified people, I think we need to chill the rhetoric surrounding this process and start over,” bello said.
To aid in this effort, the Bello administration will develop a redistricting map that builds on the data analysis performed by Dr. Handley and complies with all applicable legal requirements under federal, state, and local laws, including including the US Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. .
Dr. Lisa Handley is president of Frontier International Electoral Consulting, which conducts election-related statistical research and analysis, providing tools to measure voting patterns and evaluate redistricting plans. She is an independent electoral consultant for international organizations, including the United Nations, and her clients include the United States Department of Justice, the American Civil Liberties Union, numerous state and local jurisdictions, and more than a dozen countries. She has also been an expert in dozens of court cases relating to redistricting and voting rights.
jeffrey wice is a longtime counselor to the New York State Legislature and has participated in every congressional and state legislative redistricting process since the 1980 cycle. His legal scholarship and practice focuses on the redistricting, the right to vote and the right to enumeration. He has assisted numerous state legislative leaders, members of Congress, and other state and local officials with redistricting and voting rights issues across the country. He is a Senior Fellow at the New York Census and Redistricting Institute at New York Law School, a Fellow at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, and has taught electoral law at Hofstra Law School and the Touro Law Center. .